Spring break programs and new Spanish books

Back by popular demand, Alaskan storyteller Lily Hope will animate stories of the Tlingit people while sharing their songs, dances and culture from 1-2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28. This all-ages fun event is similar to her first show last month but with an eye towards an older school-age crowd. This is the first of several special spring break programs aimed at making your library a great place for kids to be when school is out. Please see below for lots more fun spring break activities.
Lily has a strong connection to Pagosa Springs. She is the daughter of the late award-winning Alaska native weaver Clarissa Rizal and Pagosa writer Bill Hudson. She grew up mainly in Alaska and Pagosa. Her sister Ursala Hudson runs a graphic design business here, and is president of the Pagosa Peak Open School board of directors, a volunteer group that will open Pagosa’s first tuition-free public charter elementary school next September. Lily has lived in the Juneau area for the past 15 years with her husband, poet and actor Ishmael Hope, and their four children.
Other major news: We have six new Spanish-language books, five with useful how-to and self-help information. “Ingles para el Lugar de Trabajo” will help Hispanics who speak little or no English communicate successfully with interviewers, employers, supervisors and fellow workers in a predominantly English-speaking work environment. “Manual Completo de los Verbose en Ingles/second edition” explains the English verb system for beginning to intermediate learners. “Ingles para Latinos/second edition” is an intermediate program that comes with three CDs. “Voy a Ser Papa” offers facts, tips and advice for first-time Dads-to-be. “Mejora Tu Salud de Poquito a Poco” presents advice from Dr. Juan Rivera, chief medical correspondent for Univision, on four illnesses that menace the Hispanic community and how you can achieve long-term health. “Serafina y la Capa Negra by Robert Beatty is a fiction book about a young girl, the daughter of a maintenance man, who helps solve a mystery with the young nephew of the estate.

Activities calendars available
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month. There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults.

Free teen role-playing
The role-playing game for 7th-12th graders takes place today (Thursday, March 23) from 4-5:30 p.m. Use your imagination to go on adventures and battle monsters. You can join this group any time.

Free teen bookclub – special guest
Tomorrow (Friday, March 24) from 2-3 p.m. seventh-12th graders will host local author Mariko Tatsumoto who will talk about her book “Accident Samurai Spy.”

Free all-ages movie tomorrow
Join us tomorrow (Friday, March 24) from 2-3:30 p.m. for a PG movie suitable for all ages. Our contract does not allow us to identify the film titles in the media but you can find them listed on the activities calendars.

Free senior book club
Tomorrow (Friday, March 24) from 10:30 a.m. – noon the senior book club returns to its original library home to discuss “The Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman. For more information about this book lovers group, contact Marilyn Stroud at Bakestroud@aol.com.

Spring Break: Free teen gaming
Teen gaming happens every Tuesday from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades. Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Spring Break: Free Paws to Read
Wednesday, March 29 from 4-5 p.m. youngsters from K-fifth grades are invited to share their favorite books with Penny and Cassia, therapy dogs who love listening to stories, at a Paws to Read session. This is a great way for beginning readers to build confidence.

Spring Break: Free Read with a Ranger
Next Thursday, March 30 from 1-2 p.m., youngsters aged 6-10 are invited to join Pagosa Ranger Brandon from the U.S. Forest Service to celebrate spring with nature-themed books and activities.

Spring Break: Free steampunk crafts
Next Thursday, March 30, back by popular demand, is the second free teen program called steampunk crafts from 4:15-5:45 p.m. for fifth-12th graders. We’ll make jewelry and knickknacks out of keys, gears, coins and other odds and ends.

Free tech sessions
Rachael is available for Tech Tuesday 10 a.m.-noon and Tech Thursday 2-4 p.m. Drop in with your technology questions. Next Wednesday, March 29 from 4-5 p.m. learn how to use a web browser to access the web and find the information you need.

Free kids storytime
Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m., join Michael for great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move. This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.

Free baby storytime
Every Saturday from 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., join Michael for a short session of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little ones. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills into everyday family life. But: Please note no storytime this Saturday, March 25.

Free toddler storytime
Every Saturday from 9:30–10 a.m., join Michael for 30 minutes of stories, songs and fingerplays with open play afterwards. Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life. But: Please note no storytime this Saturday, March 25.

“Half Marathon Training” by Hal Higdon offers advice based on a lifetime of running. “One Part Plant” by Jessica Murnane provides 100 allergy-friendly recipes and tips on eating one plant-based meal a day. “Families on Foot” by Jennifer Pharr Davis and Brew Davis describes urban hikes, backyard treks and national park adventures. “No Barriers” by Erik Weihenmayer tells of a blind man’s journey to kayak the Grand Canyon. “Making Life Easy” by Dr. Christiane Northrup outlines how to have a healthy emotional and spiritual life. “The Craving Mind” by Judson Brewer explores how we get hooked on things from cigarettes to smart phones and how we can break bad habits. “Old Home Love” by Andy and Candis Meredith pays tribute to what it means to love and care for an old home today.

“King Kong” is the 2005 version of this classic. “Purse-onality” is a comedy video by Anita Renfroe. “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman” is the complete season one. “The X Files” is the complete second season. “The Walking Dead” is the complete fourth season.

Mysteries and thrillers
“Most Dangerous Place” by James Grippando is a Jack Swyteck thriller inspired by an actual case. “The Prisoner” by Alex Berenson is a John Wells undercover story inside the world of Islamic terrorists. “Bone Box” by Faye Kellerman is a Decker/Lazarus mystery. “Tom Clancy Duty and Honor” by Grant Blackwood is a Jack Ryan Jr. thriller. “Dangerous Games” by Danielle Steel is a thriller featuring a TV news journalist. “Rather Be the Devil” by Ian Rankin is a Rankin and Rebus mystery. “Dark Matter” by Blake Crouch is a sci-fi thriller about a man who wakes up to a new life. “The Believer” by Joakim Zander starts with the disappearance of a man rumored to be connected to ISIS. “Universal Harvester” by John Darnielle focuses on mysterious home movie sections inserted into two videos.

Other novels
“Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders begins with the death of President Lincoln’s young son Willie after he is buried in a Georgetown cemetery. “All Our Wrong Todays” by Elan Mastai is an alternate reality story. “Selection Day” by Aravind Adiga follows a young man in Mumbai whose father wants him to become a cricket star like his brother. “The Bear and the Nightingale” by Katherine Arden features a young Russian girl with unusual gifts.

Free programmed Nooks
We have nine Nooks and three tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure. The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers. The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.

Free downloadable e-books
Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our 3M Cloud Library. Access these e-books by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website. While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Free downloadable films
For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed. Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website. Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.

Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week we thank Jeff Versaw, Dan McDonald
and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“From what we get, we can make a living; from what we give, however, makes a life. Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe (1943-1993), American World No. 1 professional tennis player.

For more information on library books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home – please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.
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